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Protections Finalized for Threatened Northern Long-Eared Bats

 

Northern long-eared bat showing the symptoms of the fungal disease white-nose syndrome.

Northern long-eared bat showing the symptoms of the fungal disease white-nose syndrome.

Photo courtesy of Steve Taylor; University of Illinois

 

January 14, 2016

In an effort to conserve the northern long-eared bat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a final rule today that uses flexibilities under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to tailor protections to areas affected by white-nose syndrome during the bat’s most sensitive life stages. The rule is designed to protect the bat while minimizing regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies and others within the species’ range.

 

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